Wednesday, June 10, 2009
After the normal chores were done and after lunch, we decided to take a trip to Ararat, Virginia to visit Levering Orchard. We read a great article in today's Winston-Salem Journal about the 101 year old farm and their pick your own cherries. They raise sweet cherries, tart cherries, Lodi cooking apples, McIntosh type summer apples, white freestone peaches, Gala apples, pears and many varieties of fall apples. We picked a few pounds of sweet cherries to make our next kind of goats milk ice cream, Cherry Vanilla from their 4,074 trees on their 52 acres. This visit was quite an experience and not at all what I expected. The "tractor path roads" were extremely steep and rutted because of the mountainous area they are in with tree limbs brushing against the sides of your vehicle. Be prepared -- don't drive your "Sunday car" and wear sturdy boots.